A 1-1 game through 6, the Thunder would take the lead in the 7th inning on a 2 out double off the fence in right field and scoring on a RBI single to the next batter. But that was all the Cyclones starting pitcher Jusef Frias would allow as he was his typical dominant self, striking out 15 while only allowing 4 hits, walking 1 and hitting 2 batters in the complete game victory.
With the score tied 2-2, the Cyclones knew their best chance to win the game would come in the 8th inning, as the heart of the order was coming to bat. Juan Cantu led off the inning with a single and would eventually score the go ahead run when Jusef was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. After 1 out, Pete Murillo, a former Thunder player, singled to get 2 men on with only 1 out. Oswar Monslave walked to load the bases after an incredible at bat that saw him foul off 6 consecutive pitches and earn a walk after being down 0-2 in the count.
Next batter, Jusef Frias would earn an RBI on the aforementioned HBP, to put the Cyclones up 3-2. It would be all they need, but not all they would get. The next better struck out for the 2nd out of the inning, which brough up Luis Garcia III, who tied the game an inning earlier. Luis promptly dropped a single over the infield to plate 2 more runs and open the game to 5-2. But the Cyclones were not done yet. Next batter, Andrew Picos got hit by a pitch to get on base and reload the bases for Priamo Reyes, who has been as clutch as they come this season. And clutch he was as he smacked a 2 out, 2 run single to make the score 7-2 where it would stay.
Jusef Frias completed the game in the 9th to give the Cyclones their 3rd overall Championship and first in the HHL 30+ Division.
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